Las Cruces Man Could Face Life In Teen's Death

Las Cruces – A Las Cruces teenager could face life in prison for allegedly giving drugs to a 16-year-old girl the night before she was found dead beside him in his car.

Nineteen-year-old Zach Baker was indicted Thursday on a new charge of intentional child abuse resulting in death stemming from the January incident. A conviction on that charge carries a maximum of life in prison.

Prosecutors say Baker gave Brianna Lilley a toxic combination of cocaine, Tylenol PM and the energy drink Red Bull. Police who were searching for the girl found her dead in Baker's car in a desert area of Canutillo, Texas.

Both teens had overdosed.

Baker was originally charged with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.


Information from: the Las Cruces Sun-News,

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